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Building More than an Exhibition: THEMUSEUM Brings Awareness of Climate Crisis to KW
Building More than an Exhibition: THEMUSEUM Brings Awareness of Climate Crisis to KW
THEMUSUEM, located in downtown Kitchener, is no stranger to sustainability, having hosted the “Transporting your Business” discussion in June. Now, in order to bring a conversation about climate change to Waterloo Region, THEMUSEUM is looking to brin ...
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EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
Last week, the Accelerator Center hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration for small-medium sized businesses. Jane Brid (Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services) and Jessica Knutso ...
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Transporting your Business
Transporting your Business
     On Thursday, June 13, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted “Transporting your Business” at THEMUSEUM located in Kitchener, Ontario. There were three speakers from North, Quarry and Geotab, all discussing opportunities for businesses to ...
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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our memb ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one ...
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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sus ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with ...
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General Motors is heading in the sustainable direction, and we can follow

Coming up on January 28th, 2016 is a highly anticipated breakfast speaker event, with special guest David Paterson, the Vice President of Corporate and Environmental Affairs from General Motors Canada Ltd.  According to GM’s 2014 sustainability report published, they are making efforts to become more aware of their manufacturing practices and aiming to eradicate any […]

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Introducing David Paterson of GM

Late last year I was at the Green Economy: Ontario conference and one of the panel speakers was David Paterson, GM Canada’s Vice President Corporate and Environmental Affairs, along with some friends of SWR: Susan Jantzi of SunLife Canada and John Coyne of Unilever Canada, among others. While I listened to the thoughts of the […]

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The Impact on a Community

Waterloo Region is filled with large and successful companies who have wonderful and complex relationships with the community, its individual citizens, corporate citizens and community betterment organizations. We know these relationships exist, but sometimes it can be difficult to fully grasp the impact they have on our community. Last Friday morning, the University of Waterloo […]

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It Takes a Village – and What a Village it is!

Looking over my schedule from last week it strikes me how important it is to work as a community. There is the old adage that it takes a community to raise a child, but I have found that it takes a community to do almost anything that is worth doing well. Sustainable Waterloo Region has built […]

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Crawford Hits Reduction Target

In only 2 years Crawford achieves its GHG reduction target and sets a new goal! July 7, 2015 (Waterloo Region, ON) – Today Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. celebrates having achieved their Green House Gas (GHG) emission reduction target, well ahead of schedule. In January 2013, Crawford became a Bronze Pledging Partner of the Regional […]

Introducing the 30 Day Carbon Cleanse (Starting March 30th)

Each year the Regional Carbon Initiative gathers feedback from its members. This comes from events, round tables, one-on-ones and year-end questionnaires. This feedback is key to how the RCI operates and the direction their members feels the program should develop. One piece of feedback that the RCI has noted for a number of years now […]

Carpooling Goes Corporate

February 23 to 27 was carpool week in Waterloo region and the TravelWise program ran its first social media campaign to encourage members and the community in general to share the ride and carpool. The #carpoolselfiewr campaign was a way to bring attention to the idea of carpooling, its benefits and how many people across […]

Untapped Sustainability Resources

During December, Sustainable Waterloo Region held a bright and early seminar at the Waterloo Inn on Financial Incentives that are out there for businesses to take advantage of when trying to follow the sustainable and environmental friendly path. Guests were happy to be spoken to by 6 speakers from various sectors: Union Gas, SaveONenergy, REEP […]

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Sustainable Waterloo Region 6th Annual Photo Contest

Sustainable Waterloo Region is so excited to announce the launch of our 6th annual photo contest! Over the past 5 years we have come to see the amazing photos you can take that really show the beauty of Waterloo Region, and we don’t doubt we will see the same submissions this year. This year we will be having […]

Building Electric Momentum

The benefits are clear: Electric Vehicles (EVs) cost less to drive, produce less emissions, and require less maintenance. Such alignment of economic and environmental value is the low hanging fruit we love at SWR – everybody wins! Don’t get us wrong, there are definitely challenges ahead and EVs won’t yet fit every application (only 90%+ […]

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